Utah Wildlife News
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 14:03
Price — Wildlife officers have solved three bull elk poaching cases in east-central Utah.
Now they need your help to solve seven more.
Photo by Brent Stettler
"The seven bulls were taken on the Central Mountains-Manti and the Wasatch Mountains bull elk hunting units in east-central Utah," says Casey Mickelsen, a sergeant with the Division of Wildlife Resources.
"Each of the bulls was killed illegally and then left to rot," says Ben Riley, another DWR officer who is investigating the shootings. "Each one that was lost means fewer hunting opportunities for hunters and fewer chances to see these bulls while camping and hiking."
"We need the public's help to catch the people who killed these animals," Mickelsen says. If you have information, please call Mickelsen at (435) 820-6010. You do not have to give him your name.
Because most of the bulls that were killed are considered trophy animals under Utah state law, you might be eligible for a limited-entry elk bull permit for the 2010 season or a cash award if you have information that leads to an arrest and conviction.
In the photo that accompanies this story, conservation officers Brandon Baron, Casey Mickelsen and Ben Riley (L-R) are holding the sets of antlers from the three cases that have been successfully prosecuted. In front of them are the antler sets from the seven unsolved cases. (Each antler has a yellow tag next to it.):
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